There is so much scientific research weighing in on the benefits of meditation! So its also inspiring to also take time to remember why to meditate from the Buddhist point of view. July’s Lion’s Roar Magazine offers an issue that features articles by Pema Khandro and other Buddhist teachers leaders. They write on the subject of the reasons to meditate (from Buddhism’s perspective).
Gyaldak Rinpoche will offer the Milarepa Tsok in Berkeley at the MahaSiddha Center this Sunday, April 8th, 2018. Tsok is a core practice of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. It is a prayer, meditation and feast ceremony led by Rinpoche. This evening’s Tsok will also include a Vajrayogini mantra initiation. Gyaldak Rinpoche will lead the practice in Tibetan language with translation by Dhondup.
The first ever online version of the Meditation Instructor Training created by Pema Khandro was completed last weekend. This course has been taught in a variety of formats over the last fifteen years, a ninety-day course, a twenty-one day retreat, a once a month year-long retreat, and now as an online training. Participants completed 60 hours of training. (Read more about the training here – Pema Khandro’s Meditation Teacher Training.) This included daily meditation practice and lessons led by Assistant Teachers, Satya Shiva and Aruna Rigdzin, as well as a daily teaching on meditation led by Pema Khandro Rinpoche. The lessons focused on the practice of Calm Abiding Meditation and the science of mind in Buddhist thought.
Twenty-one lessons focused on the practice of Calm Abiding Meditation, known as Zhine in Tibetan or Shamatha in Sanskrit. It included lessons on what is mind, the stages of meditation, techniques for Calm Abiding Meditation, breathing practices for warm-ups for meditation, ethics for teaching, teaching methodology and more. There were extensive weekly exams on the material and weekend workshops on teaching. The weekend workshops were interactive for the trainees using the online format. This gave them an opportunity to see each other, receive feedback on teaching and dialogue as a group. They also completed daily meditation journals throughout the course.
There were extensive weekly exams on the material and weekend workshops on teaching. The weekend workshops were interactive for the trainees using the online format. This gave them an opportunity to see each other, receive feedback and dialogue as a group. They also had daily meditation journals.
One of the surprising elements of the course is the bond formed by all the participants, who practiced together, wrote and read each other’s daily meditation journals, met in workshops and supported each other through the teaching exams.
Twenty-students began the course and sixteen students finished. They were offered the choice to finish the final requirement, which was a teaching practicum, within the month-long period of the training or to take three months to finish it. Four students finished it within the first month and graduated. Twelve more students will have until August to complete their practicum. The practicum required the trainees to teach three meditation classes in an underserved community. This included classes for people suffering from anxiety and trauma, classes for youth with behavioral challenges, classes for mothers in a small town in Bali and classes for people with chronic stress.
Congratulations to the four graduates and best wishes to the twelve students as they complete their practicum.
Meditation Teachers can offer important tools to society for relating to these tumultuous times.
Meditation promotes mindfulness and equanimity – the ability to let emotional states arise and pass without becoming overwhelming. With mindfulness, we are able to become aware of our mind states, rather than carried away by them. It promotes the state of equanimity, the ability to respond skillfully to situations. Instead of responding with knee-jerk reactions, blame, resentment and anger we can choose healthier responses, such as loving-kindness and compassion. (1)
Help make meditation available in underserved communities. Teach meditation posture, breathing techniques and contemplative methods for finding peace of mind.
In order to promote meditation as a resource for mindfulness and equanimity in society, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Pema Khandro Rinpoche with offer an online Meditation Teacher Training beginning April 10th.
For full details visit this page about Pema Khandro’s Meditation Teacher Training
(1) See a full article on mindfulness and equanimity in Buddhism, mindfulness, equanimity and psychology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350240/
Equanimity, calm, peace, inner strength, resilience, centeredness… there are so many reasons the world needs meditation teachers.
It is integrated into schools, corporations, psychology and health care. Indeed, meditation has been turned to so often for health and mental health – that one study showed it was the most popular form of complementary medicine used in the United States. According to a National Health Survey in 2007, 38.4% of Americans had used some form of alternative health measures – with breathing, meditation, and yoga as the most common. (1)
Meditation Teacher Training
In order to offer accessible Meditation Teacher Training – Pema Khandro will offer an online version of her popular course – the Meditation Instructor Training. This course has been offered five times over the last decade. In the newest iteration – the course will be offered through a combination of self-paced video lessons, online meetings, practicum, and workshops.
The course will be taught by Pema Khandro, Satya Shiva and Aruna Rigdzin.
It will culminate in fifty-seven hours of training on the fundamentals of meditation practice and the Buddhist philosophy of mind and emotions.
The Meditation Teacher Training online will be held April 10th- May 8th 2017
(1) West, Michael, Ed. The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice. (Oxford University Press, 2016).